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Safety Nugget Week of January 16 - Confined Space Entry< Back to Blog

Jan 18, 2017
By: G. yepsen
Categories: Safety

CONFINED SPACE SAFETY

 

OSHA defines a confined space as “A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.  Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines”.

But sometimes we don’t take the time to think about whether we are entering a confined space or not……..and we do not prepare appropriately.  On Monday of this week, 3 men died in Florida after entering a confined space without first testing for hazardous fumes or for oxygen levels.  Surprisingly, a 4th man, a trained firefighter, then entered without testing for fumes and without a breather pack. It seems that none recognized that they were entering a confined space, and they did not seem to understand the inherent dangers of confined spaces.

Please work on recognizing confined spaces and preparing appropriately………both at work and at home.

Here is a summary of the Florida fatalities.

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds………..

Take a look at the full article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/18/three-utility-workers-descend-to-their-deaths-in-florida-manhole-overcome-by-fumes/

 

Let’s always take the time to be safe.

 

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